About Rimeco

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Think globally, act locally

Our goal is that RIMECO will continue to be an innovative, reliable and flexible partner who always views supplier and consumer demands as a new challenge. This approach has allowed us to become a global market player and is one which we are committed to maintaining. More details…

  Rimeco is a BIR gold member
Today, BIR represents over 850 member companies from the private sector and 40 national associations in more than 70 countries. Together, these members form the largest international recycling federation.

The importance of recycling

Material usage is in theory cyclic - a type of perpetual motion. Primary materials are mined or harvested, are made into products which eventually become redundant and are recycled and returned to the manufacturing process.

Without recycling, the cycle becomes a series of independent activities with no logical solution. Useful materials become potential hazards rather than being retained as a resource.

Recycling contributes to a better environment

Recycled Materials Supply 40% of the Global Raw Material Needs
The recycling industry has become an integral part of modern society not only due to its social and economic impact but also because it plays a vital role for the future of our planet. The use of recycled materials directly translates into fewer natural resources being used and considerably less energy being consumed when compared to production processes using virgin materials.
Secondary production generates less pollution than primary production.

The production of steel from recycled materials reduces air pollution by 86%.

Energy Savings

 

CO2 Savings*

 

Aluminium

> 95%

Aluminium

> 92%

Copper

> 85%

Copper

> 65%

Plastic

> 80%

Ferrous

> 58%

Paper

> 65%

Paper

> 18%

Steel

> 74%

Nickel

> 90%

Zinc

> 60%

Zinc

> 76%

Lead

> 65%

Lead

> 99%

   

Tin

> 99%

*Source: BIR Study on the Environmental Benefits of Recycling, 2009

 

Steel recycling, as practiced by RIMECO, saves valuable energy and natural resources.

Studies show that every ton of recycled steel saves 1.133 kg of iron ore, 630 kg of coal and 55 kg of limestone. When compared with manufacturing using un-recycled raw materials, steel recycling saves enough electrical energy annually to power approximately one-fifth of all households.

Studies also shows that recycling can also reduce the demand for scarce renewable resources. For example, building a 2,000 ft2 home requires 40 to 50 trees. If steel is used instead of wood, the same house can be built using the equivalent of six scrapped automobiles.

But some scrap materials can contain hazardous substances. These must therefore be handled with care. RIMECO, through the use of best practices, works to ensure environmental protection.